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New Menchie's Store In Riverpoint Center Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities »

July 30, 2014 at 11:30AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Store Fulfills Cravings with Family-Friendly Treats
July 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO, Ill. – Menchie's, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, has opened its newest store in Chicago, Ill. at the intersection of Clybourn and Wrightwood. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie's is sure to become a Chicago favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie's will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, August 2 to Friday, August 8, packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie's merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt.
"I was heavily involved in the corporate world for years and I came across the Menchie's concept and immediately knew that getting involved in the franchise sector was the next career step for me," said franchisee, Craig Gutmann...

PrideStaff Named To Los Angeles Business Journal's Top Minority-Owned Businesses List »

July 30, 2014 at 11:08AM PDT | Source: PrideStaff

July 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // PrideStaff's LA/Culver City office was recently named to the top Minority-Owned Businesses List published by the Los Angeles Business Journal. The list recognizes minority-owned Los Angeles County-based companies and is ranked by 2013 revenue.
"Los Angeles County is home to some of the world's most influential companies and is very rich in ethnic diversity," said Colette Moore, Owner and Strategic-Partner of the LA/Culver City PrideStaff office. "To be recognized as a top minority-owned business in one of the largest markets in the United States is a true honor."
PrideStaff was ranked in the top 100 minority businesses for the first time. A stronger economy, coupled with more companies turning to staffing agencies to help overcome difficult workforce challenges propelled PrideStaff onto this list...

The Westin Peachtree Plaza Launches Innovative Meeting Enhancements »

July 30, 2014 at 11:01AM PDT | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

Iconic Hotel Redefines Meetings Including Unique Team-Building Activities and Speakers Program
ATLANTA - July 30, 2014 -(BUSINESS WIRE) - The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta's John Portman-designed, AAA Four Diamond hotel that recently underwent a grand $70 million renovation, is redefining the meeting experience by launching several distinctive enhancements including its Think Well Speakers Program, "I Climbed The Peach" team-building challenge and Tangent™ at Westin. July 30, 2014In keeping with the Westin brand's commitment to well-being, these unique offers help planners and attendees Work Well, Move Well and Feel Well.
"By thinking outside the box, we're bringing meetings into the future and giving planners a holistic experience that anticipates and answers the needs of today's meeting attendees," said Ron Tarson, general manager of The Westin Peachtree Plaza...

FASTSIGNS® Restores Beloved Vintage Guitar Sign »

July 30, 2014 at 10:57AM PDT | Source: FASTSIGNS
FASTSIGNS Opportunities Available

CARROLLTON - Texas, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - While many businesses reinvent their brands, some companies focus instead on their roots and shine a light on their company's history. This was the case for Erie, Pennsylvania's World of Music and their well-known guitar sign.
As winners of the 2013 FASTSIGNS® MetamorphoSIGN makeover contest, World of Music met with FASTSIGNS to explain the history behind their sign. Discovered in a junkyard by World of Music founder, Dick Bulling, the guitar sign has been a fixture at the music store for over four decades. Although Bulling passed away in 1997, World of Music has remained a family-owned and operated business. His granddaughter Amanda Karns, World of Music's Marketing Manager, started a "save our guitar" campaign to update and refurbish the weathered sign after decades of withstanding the elements...

Alamo Drafthouse Launches Massive Outdoor Art Program - The Premiere Project »

July 30, 2014 at 10:15AM PDT | Source: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Inaugural Art Inspired by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies' Upcoming Film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, in Theaters August 8th
July 30, 2014 // Franchising.com //
What:
The Alamo Drafthouse is excited to announce the launch of their new art program The Premiere Project. Positioned along the exterior wall of the Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane Theater, the giant space serves as a 40' tall x 75' wide canvas celebrating the fusion of film and art. To launch the program and celebrate the new film releasing August 8th, Alamo Drafthouse and Paramount Pictures have selected local artist Mike Johnston, also known as TRUTH, to transform the MoPac freeway-facing wall into a tribute to the world famous heroes in a half shell, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...

Planet Sub Opens New Prototype Featuring Drive-Thru Service »

July 30, 2014 at 10:09AM PDT | Source: Planet Sub
Planet Sub Opportunities Available

July 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // Planet Sub has opened their first new drive-thru prototype location in North Sioux City, marking their first store in South Dakota. The franchise group who opened the new store earlier in July of 2014 has extensive restaurant experience within their portfolio, and being new to the Planet Sub franchise family were eager to be a part of the prototype development.
"We jumped at the opportunity to launch the new prototype alongside a group with such strong operational experience," said Director of Franchising, Ryan Joy. "It is always exciting to add new technology and revenue streams to our systems."
In addition to the new drive thru model, the location offers extended hours to allow for fresh-made breakfast options...

Mcalister’s Deli Features Pecanberry Wrap And Club Salad »

July 30, 2014 at 9:57AM PDT | Source: McAlister's Deli
McAlister's Deli Opportunities Available

Award-Winning Fast Casual Restaurant Introduces New Take on Popular Menu Items for a Limited Time 
July 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // ALPHARETTA, Ga. – McAlister's® Deli, a leading fast casual restaurant, is offering customers a new way to enjoy some of its most popular menu items with the introduction of its Pecanberry Wrap and McAlister's Club™ Salad. Available through Sept. 30, guests can choose to have their summertime favorite Pecanberry Salad prepared as a wrap or the McAlister's Club™ - the brand's most popular sandwich - served as a fresh salad.
McAlister's Pecanberry Wrap is loaded with strawberries, blueberries, candied pecans, grilled chicken and mixed greens, served with Fat Free Raspberry-Pecan Vinaigrette Dressing...

Pizza Patron Sets Summer On Fire With $3.99 Pizza Deal »

July 30, 2014 at 9:51AM PDT | Source: Pizza Patron

DALLAS, TX - (Marketwired - Jul 30, 2014) - A large pepperoni pizza will soon cost less than a fast food burger or sub sandwich. Starting Monday, Pizza Patrón, the nation's leading Mexican pizza chain, will roll out $3.99 large pepperoni pizzas every Monday thru Wednesday for a limited time.
Company officials say the lower-than-low price is designed to grab attention and drive new traffic to the stores during the particularly challenging summer season in the pizza business.
The Pizza Patrón promo is available to customers every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for 9 weeks from August 4th thru October 1st. It's good only on carry out pizzas, with no limit on purchases. All Pizza Patrón locations in the U.S. will offer the promo...

Panera Bread Company Reports Q2 2014 Diluted EPS Of $1.82 »

July 30, 2014 at 9:26AM PDT | Source: Panera Bread

ST. LOUIS, MO - (Marketwired - Jul 29, 2014) - Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ: PNRA)
Highlights

Q2 2014 Revenue increased 7% to $631 million
Q2 2014 Company-owned comparable net bakery-cafe transactions up 0.4%
Q2 2014 Company-owned comparable net bakery-cafe sales up 0.1%
Q3 2014 (first 27 days) Company-owned comparable net bakery-cafe sales up 2.0%
YTD 2014 System-wide new bakery-cafe AWS of $50,738
Q3 2014 EPS target of $1.40 to $1.46
FY 2014 EPS target revised to $6.65 to $6.80 

Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ: PNRA) today reported net income of $49 million, or $1.82 per diluted share, for fiscal Q2 2014, which included a $3.2 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, benefit from a favorable resolution of an insurance coverage matter...

New Menchie's Store In Gateway Town Center Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities »

July 30, 2014 at 9:00AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Store Fulfills Cravings with Family-Friendly Treats
July 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // COMPTON, Calif. – Menchie's, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, has opened its newest store in Compton at 1759 South Alameda St., Suite 102, Compton, CA 90220. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie's is sure to become a Compton favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie's will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, August 2 to Friday, August 8, packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie's merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt.
"Menchie's appeals to frozen yogurt fans of all ages not only because of the outstanding yogurt, but also because of the energetic and fun environment," said franchisee Yeshim Mahmood...

Ruby Tuesday Reports Fourth Quarter And Fiscal 2014 Results »

July 30, 2014 at 8:31AM PDT | Source: Ruby Tuesday

MARYVILLE, Tenn. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - July 29, 2014 - Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE: RT) today reported financial results for the fiscal fourth quarter and year ended June 3, 2014.
Results for the fourth quarter include:

Total revenue from continuing operations of $307.3 million compared to $316.1 million in the same quarter of the prior year, a decrease of $8.8 million primarily due to a net reduction of 36 Company-owned restaurants during the year.
Same-restaurant sales increased 0.4% at Company-owned Ruby Tuesday restaurants and increased 4.9% at our 31 domestic Ruby Tuesday franchise restaurants compared to the same quarter of the prior year. Same-restaurant guest counts were up 0...

Jack In The Box Inc. To Webcast Third Quarter Fiscal 2014 Earnings Conference Call On August 7 »

July 30, 2014 at 8:21AM PDT | Source: Jack in the Box

SAN DIEGO - July 30, 2014 - BUSINESS WIRE - Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) will report third quarter fiscal 2014 operating results after market close on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, and the company will host a conference call to review the results on Thursday, August 7, 2014, beginning at 8:30 a.m. PT. The call will be webcast live over the Internet.
To access the live call through the Internet, log onto the Jack in the Box Inc. investors page at http://investors.jackinthebox.com at least 15 minutes prior to the call in order to download and install any necessary audio software. A playback of the call will be available through the conference-call link on the Jack in the Box Inc. investors page beginning at approximately 11:30 a...

Ladies And Gentlemen, Start Your Engines! Red Roof Inn® Revs Up, Launches Behind The Wheel Sweepstakes »

July 30, 2014 at 8:15AM PDT | Source: Red Roof Inn

COLUMBUS, Ohio - July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Red Roof Inn is all revved up, excited to announce the launch of the Behind the Wheel Sweepstakes in celebration of the in-home - Blu-ray + Digital HD - release of the DreamWorks feature film "Need for Speed". The 30-day sweepstakes is accessible through various Red Roof® social channels and online at behindthewheel.com. From there, entrants will choose a car from a selection of vehicles featured in the film – the Keonigsegg Agera R, Bugatti Veyron, Ford Mustang GT, Shelby GT500, or the Saleen S7 - and "start their engines" for a thrilling, digital road rally across the country. Red Roof will also feature mini-sweepstakes on their social sites, providing fans a platform to share pictures and videos of their dream cars...

Home2 Suites By Hilton® Opens Fifth Property In Utah »

July 30, 2014 at 8:04AM PDT | Source: Home2 Suites by Hilton

Home2 Suites by Hilton Lehi Thanksgiving Point is the Fifth in the Salt Lake City Area
July 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // LEHI, Utah, and MCLEAN, Va. – Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide’s award-winning mid-tier, all-suite hotel brand designed for modern business travelers and extended stay guests, today announced the opening of its 36th hotel, Home2 Suites by Hilton Lehi Thanksgiving Point. The hotel is owned by TPH Investors, LLC, and is the fifth property for the brand in Utah.
"Home2 Suites is a brand that was designed to be innovative, unique and a fresh new take on the idea of traveling. This is a brand that fits well into a great area like Salt Lake City," said Bill Duncan, global head, Home2 Suites and Homewood Suites...

Haroon Anwar And Emily Chow Honored As Exceptional Young Minority Attorneys »

July 30, 2014 at 7:38AM PDT | Source: Faegre Baker & Daniels

July 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // Faegre Baker Daniels - Haroon Anwar and Emily Chow of Faegre Baker Daniels have been named to Lawyers of Color's 2014 Hot List for the Midwest Region, which recognizes exceptional early- to mid-career minority attorneys.
Honorees - who all work as in-house counsel, government attorneys or law firm associates or partners - were selected through nominations from mentors, peers and colleagues, and research into bar association publications and legal blogs to identify promising candidates.
Haroon Anwar is an associate on FaegreBD's litigation and advocacy team where he focuses his practice on complex civil litigation and product liability litigation, with a particular emphasis on drug and medical device litigation...

Vanessa K. Burrows Joins Roetzel's Chicago Office »

July 30, 2014 at 7:33AM PDT | Source: Roetzel

July 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // The Chicago office of Roetzel & Andress, LPA, welcomes attorney Vanessa K. Burrows to the firm as an associate in the Health Care, Drug & Pharmacy Group.
Ms. Burrows focuses her practice on health care law, with an emphasis on medical device, drug, and pharmacy law. Her broad-based experience also includes HIPAA/HITECH compliance, health privacy and security laws, and public health law.
"Vanessa's experience complements and enhances the firm's existing health care practice," said Ned Milenkovich, Practice Group Manager, Health, Drug & Pharmacy Law. "We're excited to welcome Vanessa to the Chicago office and look forward to the many contributions we are sure she will make to the practice group and the firm...

Gray Plant Mooty Adds Thomas A. Keller, III To Corporate & Business Practice Group »

July 30, 2014 at 7:25AM PDT | Source: Gray, Plant, Mooty

July 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The law firm of Gray Plant Mooty is pleased to announce another addition to its vast roster of corporate law experts with Thomas A. Keller, III joining the firm. As a principal, he brings more than 40 years of experience working with clients in a wide range of industries and varying in size from small businesses to multinational Fortune 500 corporations.
"Gray Plant Mooty has a long history of providing its corporate clients with practical advice and solutions, so Tom will fit in perfectly here," said Mike Sullivan, Jr., co-chair of Gray Plant Mooty's Corporate & Business group. "We are thrilled that our team members and clients will have an opportunity to benefit from his experiences and savviness...

Dentons Congratulates Jason A. Saltzman On SMEC Appointment »

July 30, 2014 at 7:18AM PDT | Source: Dentons

July 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // Toronto - Dentons is pleased to announce that Jason A. Saltzman, partner in the Toronto office, has been selected to join the Small and Medium Enterprises Committee (SMEC) of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC).
In their one-year term, the members of SMEC will advise OSC staff on all matters related to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) including the challenges they face in operating their businesses and raising capital.
For more information, please read the official press release issued by the OSC.
About Dentons
Dentons is a global law firm driven to provide clients a competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. A top 20 firm on the Acritas 2013 Global Elite Brand Index, Dentons is committed to challenging the status quo in delivering consistent and uncompromising quality in new and inventive ways...

Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Earnings Per Share Of $1.25 »

July 30, 2014 at 6:38AM PDT | Source: Buffalo Wild Wings

Net Earnings Growth to Exceed 25% and Could Reach 30% 
MINNEAPOLIS - July 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (Nasdaq:BWLD) announced today financial results for the second quarter ended June 29, 2014. Highlights for the second quarter versus the same period a year ago were:

Total revenue increased 20.0% to $366.0 million
Company-owned restaurant sales grew 20.2% to $343.1 million
Same-store sales increased 7.7% at company-owned restaurants and 6.5% at franchised restaurants
Net earnings increased 43.8% to $23.7 million from $16.5 million, and earnings per diluted share increased 42.0% to $1.25 from $0.88

Sally Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We're pleased with our strong results in the second quarter...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts To Debut Eco-Wise Element Brand In Aspen Valley »

July 30, 2014 at 6:34AM PDT | Source: Element Hotels

Slated to Open in August 2015, Element Basalt Aspen Valley will Offer Smart, Sustainable Lodging near Aspen, Snowmass Village and Outdoor Recreation Areas
STAMFORD, Conn. - July 30, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced plans to introduce its trailblazing Element brand to Basalt, Colorado. Set to open in August 2015, Element Basalt Aspen Valley is ideally situated near two of the nation’s most prestigious ski and mountain towns: Aspen and Snowmass Village. Owned by a joint venture between Silverwest Hotel Partners and Mariner Real Estate Management, the newly constructed Element hotel will offer a fresh, new option for travelers with 113 stylish, sustainable rooms and a light-filled atmosphere designed to fuel a life in balance and on the move...



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